I typically wear my hair down. Like, always. I might change my part when I'm feeling sassy, but typically, updos don't appeal to me.
Admittedly, that's partly because I've never been great at doing my own hair — maybe I need to work on my arm flexibility? — but there really aren't too many styles other than a ponytail that make me think, Ooooooh, I wanna try that.
Well, yesterday, I was backstage at the Alice + Olivia fall 2015 New York Fashion Week show, and I came down with a case of the oooooohs when I saw the models being given twisty, fresh-flower-infused chignons — the brainchild of Rodney Cutler.
I have literally no idea when I'd wear my hair like this, but I sure do want to. And if you do, too — perhaps you're getting married or you're one of those whimsical people who has the patience and pluck to do your hair like this just for the hell of it — I've got the low-down on how to do it.
First, you're gonna wanna murder some flowers, decapitating them so the stem that's left is just long enough to be hidden inside a bun.
Next, you'll need to create a strong center part in your damp hair. We're talking borderline severe.
Apply Cutler Volumizing Spray ($21 at cutlersalon.com) or Redken Full Frame 07 Protective Volumize Mousse ($16 at shopsalon.com) — or both if you're feeling especially flat — at the root and then blow-dry your hair straight.
Separate your dry, straight hair into three sections: two in the front from the center part directly down to behind the ears, and a third in the back with the remaining hair.
Gather that back section of hair into a low ponytail just below the base of your big ol' skull, and secure it with an elastic.
Using a flat brush, pull the front two sections toward the back of the head and secure with a secondary elastic around the ponytail.
Then, divide the ponytail into two sections.
Create a rope braid by twisting the two sections counterclockwise until the full length has been twisted. Then, cross the two sections over one another repeatedly until you reach the bottom of the ponytail and secure it with an elastic.
Twist the rope braid (congratulations on that, by the way — that's pretty much where I would have given up) into a horizontal chignon from ear to ear. Secure with French pins and finish with Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Hairspray ($22 at shopsalon.com) to hold, because it would be tragic if you let it all fall out of place after achieving such a feat of hair manipulation.
Here's the fun part! Add gerbera daisies or carnations (or any big red flower, really) across the top of the chignon, and secure them with pins.
Don't forget to sit on your friend's lap and feed her tiny morsels of food while she's getting her flowers secured.
Obviously, don't be hard on yourself if it doesn't turn out perfectly — these models had at least two professional hairstylists each working on them. However, that's mostly for the sake of speed, and not because it's impossible for someone to do it to their own hair, at least with some practice (of which I will need a hell of a lot).
And here's what it looks like from the front.
Actually, I just wanted to show you the gorgeous Stila makeup. THAT LIPSTICK, right?! It's Acai Crush Lip & Cheek Stain ($24 at stilacosmetics.com). And she's actually wearing two different mascaras layered on top of each other: Major MAJOR Lash Mascara ($22 at stilacosmetics.com) and Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara ($22 at — guess where — stilacosmetics.com).
The nails were brilliant, too! A super-dark aubergine called Grosvenor Crescent, overlayed with glittering Belgrave Square, both from Nails Inc.
Which other New York Fashion Week beauty looks have you wanted to copy thus far? Do you think you'll try this slightly intimidating but ridiculously beautiful hairdo?